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Albirex Niigata will visit Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gumma on Sunday for the J2 League meeting with home team Thespa Kusatsu.
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Thespa Kusatsu enter this fixture following on from a 1-1 J2 League drawn match vs Machida Zelvia.
The only scorer from Thespa Kusatsu was Hiroto Hatao (62'). Ariajasuru Hasegawa (23') was the scorer for Machida Zelvia.
It has been seldom in recent times that Thespa Kusatsu have shown defensive steel. In fact, Thespa Kusatsu have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way. Nevertheless, we must now wait to see whether that trend will be sustained in this next game.
Heading into this fixture, Thespa Kusatsu are undefeated in their last 3 home league matches.
Albirex Niigata will go into this game after a 2-0 J2 League win with the eclipse of Ehime FC in their previous fixture.
For Albirex Niigata, the goalscorers were Romero Frank (31') and Koji Suzuki (91').
The stats tell the story, and Albirex Niigata have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 6 goals overall. In defence, Albirex Niigata have not been doing too well.
Taking a look at their past results, Albirex Niigata:
- are undefeated in their last 3 league matches away from home.
- are without a win away from home in their last 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
The previous league match featuring these clubs was J2 League match day 4 on 20/03/2021 when it ended Albirex Niigata 3-1 Thespa Kusatsu.
The match was refereed by Tomohiro Inoue.
Team News: Thespa Kusatsu
The Thespa Kusatsu boss Kiyokazu Kudo will be happy not to have any fitness concerns at all coming into this game owing to a completely injury-free group to pick from.
Team News: Albirex Niigata
With a completely injury-free group available for selection, the Albirex Niigata manager Albert Puig doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this match.
Our thinking is that Thespa Kusatsu will have a tough ask to break down this Albirex Niigata side who we reckon should score & stay on top.
That’s why our selection here is for a very even contest with a 0-1 win for Albirex Niigata at the end of the 90.
There should be little in it.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Shoda Shoyu Stadium Gumma (15,190)
Captain: Genki Omae
Chairman: Munenori Mori
Manager: Kiyokazu Kudo
Competitions: J2 League position 16
⭐ Star Man: Shuto Kitagawa
Generally playing in the Striker position, Shuto Kitagawa was born in Japan. After having played his first senior match for Thespa Kusatsu in the 2021 season, the goalscoring Forward has netted 4 league goals in the J2 League 2021 season to date in 23 appearances.